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. what are these national security concerns these officials have. >> reporter: yeah, fredricka. you've got national security on one side. some groups contend you have basic rights of an american on the other. here is what it boils down to. you mentioned why the government wants awlaki, they say he not only recruited the nigerian man who tried to blow himself on the airline that landed in detroit on christmas day he also exchanged e-mails with nadal hassan, the chaplain who opened fire and killed numerous people at ft. hood. al awlaki is not shy about saying he's planning and plotting attacks on the united states. they want him. they have targeted him. his father makes the point that he is a u.s. citizen and the u.s. government does not have a right to target its own citizens for assassination without any sort of trial or due process or conviction for that matter. several groups, including the aclu, filed a suit against the government trying to block this sort of action, get him taken off of this list. what the government is basically saying is, look, we can't do that because their l
, fredricka. >> love that. >> our makeup room downstairs, i've seen some of the women's fake eye lashes in there that could probably fit on cars. >> i think you're right about that. i've seen them, too. some nice lashes on a ride. i don't know. i'm not seeing that on your car. >> i'm going to give mine a goatee in the front. >> that will work. thanks so much. you have a great day. >> i sure will. see you. >> of course there's one american family that's very, very happy. after more than a year, american hike er sarah shourd is free an she's speaking. she did that just before getting on a plane bound for new york. here is what she said before her sendoff in in oman. >> i want to begin by thanking his majesty for welcoming me to this beautiful country upon my release. i also want to send my gratitude to the american ambassador and his wife for hosting my family and i during our stay. i have depreciation for -- the honor of his friendship and continued engagement in my life and the life of my fiance shane bauer and my dear friend josh fattal during the past months. it would be a pleasure to
in the nation. fredricka, it is great to hear you go to high school, you graduate, you can go free to his college, but it is tough to get into. y if you can get in, $180,000. >> but they are ground breaking. >> they are. >> thank you so much. appreciate it good to see you. >> all day long we'll be with you the rest of the day as well, all folks along new england shore, well they are breathing a sigh of relief. now they are trying to salvage their labor day weekend plans. earl brushed the shore never making landfall but it is still causing problems. some beaches reopened along the east coast later on. and there were power outages in new england fewer than many initially expected and the apparent impact on air travel seems minimal. with major northeast airports reporting few delays as well. the same can be said for passenger rail service in the northeast. our team coverage includes reynolds wolf take it away. >> it is falls apart. it used to be a power house. a tropical storm with gusts up to 85 miles per hour. the impact the storm is going to have on much of the eastern seaboard will be th
lying to you? why your size 36 pan nts mayot be. hello, everyone, i'm fredricka witfield, you're in the cnnro ns room. we get started with the latest from san bruno, california. some residents are beingk escorted back to their homes right now. but residents whose homes were badly damaged won't be among those going back today. we're expecting to hear an update from the coroner's office as well, shortly on the examination of new remains found in the debris. it's unknown right now if the remains are human or anal. six people aretill unaccounted for. >>> meanwhile, the investigation is moving forward. they're trying to determine what caused the blast. cnn's ted rowlands is in san bruno with more on what investigators are looking for. >> reporter: surveillance video from inside lenardi's grocery store, a quarter-mile from the explosion, shows the power of the blast and then chaos. watch closely at first, people stop what they're doing. and then a few seconds later, the doors are pushed in by the force of the explosion. frantic customers are seen running from one of the exits, while
in your refrigerator. is it ever safe to fudge on those expiration dates? i'm fredricka whitfield. >>> for voters it's liking to be a driving force in the mid-term elections in the attempt to perhaps ease america's worries. president barack obama will reveal his new economic plan this wednesday and then friday holds his first full-scale news conference in nearly four months. all of this with just 58 days to critical november races. paul stein hausow'steinhauser i with the express bus and the bus tour kicks off tomorrow. is this just an opportunity for the president not just to clear the air about the white house plan but for democrats facing mid-terms? >> reporter: fred, you are absolutely right. there is policy, of course, on wednesday but there is also a lot of politics in play and look where the president is going to be doing it: ohio, next door to where we are in pennsylvania. right here we're in neighboring pennsylvania. that's pittsburgh right behind me, the beautiful skyline. the express bus is just off the camera. he's going to campaign with joe sestak, a congressman with
of the hour, it's noon, it's fredricka's turn. hello to you. it'sal your. have a great day today. >> i'm in the habit of saw "y'all" but not today, n for a while. thank you, t.j. e years ago today america was in a state o shock. terrorists had hijacked threed airliners and carried out deadly attacks on theer world trade center and the u.s. pentagon. on this grim aniversary, susan candiottiis at the site in new york city, and let's get started in new york where the deadliest attack took place more than 2,700 people were killed at the world trade center, cnn's national correspondent susan candiotti attended today's memori services at ground zero. she's still there now. susan? >> reporter: hi, fred. as this is winding down, you know, every year this is a mixture of pain and pride. pain, of course, shared by the famiesli of tososs who are lost that day and the collective pain of a nation, but there is also pride. pride and shared memories of loved ones, pride in what they accomplished pride in what this country stands for. also there is pride in what is taking place now, what is taking sh
-year investigation. you're in the cnn newsroom. i'm fredricka whitfield. we're waiting to see if iran is going to free detained u.s. hiker sarah shourd. shourd is one of three american hikers arrested in iran more than a year ago and accused of spying. late last week, iran announced shourd would be released, then said she wouldn't, but there'sw new hope today. we're filled in on this latest back and forth. as another delay by the iran government after originally saying american hiker sarah shourd woulde released. now officials have saying she can be released in exchange for $500,000 in bail money. the announcement coming on sunday, a leader saying in isle offering to release sarah shourshourd because of a medical condition she' s suffering from. they met with the hikers earlier on sunday. what's remarkable is ts is the first time his lawyer has met with his client since the first time he was hired toepresent them back in 2009. the lawyer telling cnn all three appear to be in good condition. he said sarah shourd was happy, although her wish is to see her fellow hikers r released as wel. since t
these residents were able to see. >> well, fredricka, we're talking about the people that were just outside that perimeter of the blast zone. the homes that were completely demolished, that's still a crime scene. and investigators are still literally sifting through the dirt there looking foiar any potential evidence or potential hun remains. but it's those people that live in the surrounding homes, the ones that are still standing, that have been out of their homes since the thursday explosion. they were allowed back last jt hour and a half. they've been going back into their homes, and whngat they're seeing is, yes, their home is intact. but they're seeing thetr neighborhood completely destroyed. it's a pretty emotional scene, as you can imagine out there on the hill. meanwhile, the questions ontinue as to how this happened. and theng investigation is movi too slowly for a lot of people here. politicians have urged the investigators to pick up the pace or at least deliver information. one thing that has surfaced is a history to this pipeline. this area that did explode. pg & e, t
are they there? >>> i'm fredricka whitfield. welcome to the "newsroom." amazing rescue off the coast of charleston, south carolina. a harrowing night and some 20 hours in the rough seas, seven people are safe today. overnight the u.s. coast guard spotted them by moonlight 5 miles off the coast. they were simply bobbing in the water. petty officer second class ben rosen is an aviation cheelectros technician. he was onboard the coast guard helicopter that spotted them. give me an idea how you knew these folks were "a" in trouble and how you were able to locate them. >> how you doing, fredricka? well, we received a report at about midnight from our sector, our command center. they called us saying they received a report from a woman who stated her husband as well as six others had not returned back home at the time they were scheduled to. so that time we launched from our air facility in charleston, four-man crew, a pilot, co-pilot, myself, my mechanic and the rescue swimmer and our mh-65 helicopter. we arrived on scene. we searched for about six hours before we had located the survivor
right. i've got some company here now. >> hello. >> fredricka. >> you've had company all morning long. >> have i really? shannon travis. >> right. it's good to see him in the house. >> not the same. fredricka with us. what's at the top of the hour? >> a lot coming up. a boatload of great legal cases to dissect. this weekend we're going to be joined by sunny hostin. >> you've got her. >> she'll be joining us from "in session," a lot of interesting case involving, of course, the natalee holloway case. >> weird. >> it's getting weirder all the time, isn't it? of course you know the mother went to peru to come face-to-face with the man she is very much convinced he took the life of natalee holloway. she did it in peru, got in this prison. so now the questions arise, what exactly was said. in any way did she jeopardize the continued investigation into the death of natalee holloway by coming face-to-face and what does this mean about the security. this is a man supposedly in isolation. no one was to have contact with him. what happened here. >>> we're also talking about the case in washingt
a hurricane later today. it could happen with the 5:00 fredricka, that usually comes in early. hopefully on the next weather hit in le than a half hour we'll have updated information on that. we have two other waves we're watching. >> which could potentially -- >> turn into named storms, too. >> glass half full. >> don't miss the weather report. >> thanks so much. well, after years of political in-fighting, a 9/11 memorl at new york's ground zero is finally taking shape. we have a tour of the site ahead. er somewhere in america, there's a doctor who can peer into the future. there's a nurse who can access in an instant every patit's past. and because the whole hospital's working together, there's a family who can breatheasy, right now. somewhere in america, we've already answered some of the nation's toughest healthcare questions. and the over 60,000 people of siemens are ready to do it again. siemens. answers. >>> a look at our top stories now. the family of american hiker sarah shourd thought she was getting out of an iranian prison today. an iranian official announ the plan
, fredricka. >> a lot to talk about. perhaps you heard where there have been changes how to bishop long is going to approach the general public, approach his family of new birth church tomorrow morning. he will be in church. there will be a sermon. but the cameras are not going to be on. the general public will not be able to hear his sermon. yet he will have a press conference after that 8:00 a.m. service. so do you have any thoughts on how bishop long is handling these allegations in such a public way when he's the leader of a mega church, when it seems as though his word would be out there for his congregation to hear, yet now many of his i guess followers who are outside the church won't be able to hear him immediately respond to those allegations. any thoughts on that? >> i think bishop long, being a savvy professional leader that he is, and he knows that he has to control the message, control the brand. there's no better place to control your message than at your own church, where people love you, where there's going to be support and applause. i think we have to watch for the ton
with precision. >>> i want to go straight to fredricka whitfield to the cnn center in atlanta for news that's coming in. fred, what are you watching? >> hello, suzanne. hello, everyone. what looks as though we're about to see a big campaign season twist. republican sources tell cnn that lisa murkowski of alaska is set to announce tonight she will run as a write-in candidate in november. in a major upset, murkowski lost last month's republican primary to joe miller who was backed by the tea party movement and former alaska governor, sarah palin. >>> the 33 trapped chilean minors were one step closer to being rescued. officials say a bore hold reached them but it must be widened before they can fit through. if all goes well, the miners could be rescued in late october or early november. the workers have been trapped since the august 5 mine collapse. >> iranian president mahmoud ahmadinejad said it should free its holding after they released sarah shourd this week. although they don't have any expectations, it's something the u.s. should do naturally and morally. meanwhile, u.s. secretary of s
.s. open tennis champion and legend martina navratilova. her conversation with fredricka winfield. >> got me through those tough times. so i'm fortunate i had that in my life. >> i'm tony harris. those stories and your comments right here, right now in the "cnn newsroom." and we begin with politics and the state of the economy. this labor day. president obama hits the road with renewed focus on the economy. we will tell you about his latest plan to move it forward. the midterm elections just 57 days away now. a new poll shows republicans gaining ground and the big issue of course, it's the economy. let's bring in deputy political director paul steinhausser with the cnn election express. he's in pittsburgh. the express is in pittsburgh. paul, good to see you. what do the latest poll numbers say about americans, our economic concerns? >> this is troubling, tony. we asked our brand new national poll from cnn opinion research corporation. how would you rate the economy? 8 in 10 say the current economic conditions in this country are poor right now, tony. those who say it's very poor is on the
of taking a very different road. >>> over to fredricka who is monitoring other top stories in "the situation room." what else is going on, fred? >> hello, wolf, and everyone. the coast guard's admiral thad allen has confirmed to cnn that bp has detached a failed blowout preventer and they have resumed operations to plug the leak for good. >>> religious leaders are up in arms over physicist steven hawkings' assertion that god played no role in creating the universe. he talks and it in his book, and he tells the canterbury of london that physics alone will not settle the discussion. he will be a guest on "larry king live" next september 10th right here on cnn. >>> and salvage divers in the baltic sea have discovered what are believed to be bottles of the world's oldest beer. they were found at the site of the ship wreck with 200-year-old bottles of champagne were just discovered. not clear who gets to sample it and see how well it did over 200 years. >> i suspect that no one is going to want to drink that beer. thank you very much. >> it may taste like the bottom of the sea. >> maybe. thank yo
this week's new releases. it is saturday september 4th, you're in the cnn "newsroom," i'm fredricka whitfield. okay, tropical storm earl makes landfall in eastern canada downing power lines, sparking power outages and it's creating dangerous surf along the east coast in its wake. earl never did make landfall in the u.s., so now some u.s. beaches are open again, however, there are still some dangers in the surf. our team coverage begins right here, we're covering this storm or what's left of it. susan candiotti is live from cape cod, massachusetts, and our jacqui jeras right here in the weather city, let's begin with you. >> earl is over the gulf of st. lawrence now and moving very, very quickly up to the north into the east. here you can see nova scotia, there's maine for perspective. the storm moves up towards new finland and then eventually make its way out of there and become what we call extra tropical. 70-mile-per-hour winds, that can cause a lot of damage. so even though it's a tropical storm, you don't ever want to say just a tropical storm, because still plenty of damage. th
.com. >>> hello. i'm fredricka whitfield in atlanta. here's a look at our top stories. an american hiker detained in iran could be released as early as today accordtology her attorney. iran's state media said sarah shourd will be s free as soon as a half million dollar bail is paid. the u.s. government says it's not involved in moves to free her. she is one of three american hikers detained in iran for more than a year now. they are accused of spying. >>> in just a few minutes, tea party activists kiheare cking o a rally at the u.s. capitol. they're calling for a more limited government and reduced federal spending. the teaar ptyovement members began the day with a service at the washington monument and a march to the capitol. >>> and the number of people missing has grown to six now in a huge gas line fire that decimated part of a northern california town. officials say four people were killed and 37 homes destroyed. more news at the top of the hour. straight ahead, more "fareed zakaria gps." ♪ [ male nouncer ] it luxury with fire in its veins. bold. daring. capable of moving your soul. ♪ an
about cutting taxes. we shouldn't do it. >> fredricka whitfield in atlanta. back in atlanta. the arrival of sarah shourd, one of the three hikers held in iran for more than a year. she was just released. by way of transfers in oman and dubai, and dulles, they are preparing for her arrival in new york. >> many individuals and governments have worked so hard for their release. i want to thank the media for your concern for our children. above all, i want to thank my sister cindy, who stands with us here today to share in our joy. cindy and laura, you have been my rock, and i will be yours too. yesterday was my birthday. and i have received the greatest gift of all. but cindy and laura are still waiting for their gifts. and this is why i applaud the humanity that set sarah free, and i cry encore, encore. it's time for shane and josh to come home too. and we will not stop until they are home and we will redouble our efforts to get them out. thank you. >> welcome, everyone, and thank you so much for being here. i want to begin by, again, expressing my sincere thanks to the government and reli
-v, from cadillac. the new standard of the world. >>> hello, i'm fredricka whitfield in atlanta. what's left of hurricane earl is losing strength as it moves through canada. it now is just a tropical storm dumping rain on nova scotia, new brunswick and prince edward island. it caused a few power outages in massachusetts. and a state of emergency is in effect in christchurch, new zealand. more than 24 hours after a major earthquake there. there are no reports of death so far, but damage is substantial. the 7.0 magnitude quake caused buildings and roads to crumble. an overnight curfew is in effect and new zealand's army has been called in to prevent looting. >>> and demonstratored marched in paris today, many held signs attacking president nicolas sarkozy. the protest was partly targeting gypsies, thousands have been returned to romania and bulgaria since the crack down began. they're worried about the stripping of citizenship of those accused of the crimes. now back to "building up america" and a look at what small businesses are doing to protect job as cross the country. >> reporter:
with a shoe sale. thank you, all, for being part of my program. see you next week. vk vk i'm fredricka, "your $$$$$" starts now. >>> >>> the resilience of baseball, the foils of both. while filmmaker ken burns goes back to the ballpark. a look at the tenth inning. and a worldwide problem. human trafficking. how a mexican girl was lured into the united states and forced into prostitution, and healthy eating on a strict budget. advice from a famous french chef. you're in "the cnn newsroom." i'm fredericka whitfield. >>> ancie urgent search in california. california authorities fear the group may have been planning a mass suicide, and eight children are missing. we have the spokesperson from the los angeles county sheriff's department on the phone. give me an idea of why this is so alarming. what evidence have you located in this group might be doing something that would imperil everyone's lives? >> that's a very good question. and i'll certainly answer it. first i want to say no crime has been committed. why is that significant? if, indeed there, is the off chance that any of this group is list
. onstar. live on. >>> hello, i'm fredricka whitfield. a look at our top stories right now. for the first time in days, prominent pastor eddie long appeared before his atlanta area congregation to respond to sexual abuse allegations filed against him last week. four men filed lawsuits claiming long coerced them into sexual relationships while they were in their late teens, then lavished them with expensive gifts. long, without specifically mentioning the lawsuit, says he is, quote, under attack. >> i have never in my life portrayed myself as a perfect man. but i am not the man that's being portrayed on the television. that's not me. that is not me. >> long says he will fight the sex allegations against him. we'll have a full report at the top of the hour, 2:00 eastern time. >>> meantime, the pentagon bought and burned nearly 10,000 copies of the book "operation dark heart." it's the memoir of an army reserve officer who served in afghanistan. defense officials say the book threatened national security. we'll hear from the author this afternoon at 4:30 eastern time, right here in the newsr
where? in the united states. i'm fredricka whitfield. your money starts now. >>> president obama has a massive w plan to jump-start the economy. will it work? i'm ali. christine is off this week. obama is proposing billions of dollars of infrastructure money meant to besed for high-structure rail, building roads, the kind of money you see going to construction workers. $100 billion in an exnsion of tax credit to companies who invest money in research and devepment, and 200 billion as a new tax credit to companies who build physical plants, buildingor invest in equipment. let's go right to diane swan. she is chief economist. putting aside whether this can even get through congress before mid-term elections, is this too little too late, or could this actually work? >> the problem is thert lag tim, particularly on infrastructure projects, are so long that it won't do anything before the end of the year or even in 2011. maybe we'll see something by the end of 2011, but remember, much of the stimulus that was earmarked for infrastructure has not yet been spent. in fact, only 18 mibillion
-line to take our free learning assessment. >>> welcome back. let's check in with fredricka whitfield for the latest news you need to know now. >> good to see you, john. the u.s. coast guard says the flames are out. all 13 survivors are okay. and there's no evidence of an oil leak after today's fire aboard an oil platform off louisiana. and look at this. a couple hours ago bp removed the cap that finally stopped the gulf oil spill. the well is now sealed with concrete. and president obama is extending the trade embargo against cuba for another year. he scheduled his first news conference in almost four months. it is friday of next week. and the u.s. justice department sued arizona sheriff joe arpaio today saying he isn't cooperating with a civil rights investigation of alleged discrimination against hispanics. something tells me we'll be hearing more from sheriff arpaio. he always has something to say. he's saying this is like deja vu all over again. haven't we been through this before? >> the sheriff is not shy. we reached out to him earlier today. i sat down for a little conversatio
some simple tips for prevention. i'm fredricka, "your $$$$$" starts now. >>> the bush tax cuts, should they stay or should they go. welcome to "your $$$$$," i'm tom foreman, ali velshi returns next week. the crush question for your money and politicians gearing up for elections. political correspondent and anchor of excellent state of the union. let's talk about the battle lines, where are they being drawn right now as we look towards midterms. >> $250,000 battle line, what we're talking about. those that make above it, at least a household that makes above it and those that make below it. that's where it is. really what this is a battle over is who is more for the middle class. i think that's why you saw john boehner saying if i got a bill that was only for middle class tax cuts of course i would go ahead and vote for it, sort of giving up the store a lot of his fellow republicans fell. it's really about running up to an election who is the most for the middle class. that's where the rhetorical battle is. >> looked like a fracture earlier in the week on the republican side because of
with this beautiful lady next to me, fredricka whitfield. a busy weekend with this eddie long story. >> we're going to expand on that. we know what for, folks who are coming out, standing behind similar allegations. m what might he be saying and what might he be staying away from. and we're also going to have our regular legal guys here. >> i love those guys, by the way. >> don't you love them. >> they go back and forth. >> they're so smart. lindsay lohan, lindsay lohan. >> a train wreck. >> back in court, back in jail, back out of jail. we'll talk about what's next for her and whether she's looking at serious jail time, 30 days or more after that probation violation. then, of course, you know, a phenomenon a lot of people are partaking in, taking pictures of themselves nude. i know you've got teenagers. >> i preach this -- >> what kind of sessions do you have about this? >> you have to say no you know what happened these kids -- not saying my kids do this, because they don't, as far as i know, right? they take pictures and want to send a gift to friends, boyfriend or girlfriend or whatever. >> tha
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struggled to get his foot out. fredricka is here. >> i love that. >> do they do it at games? >> i haven't done it in a while but i'm sure somewhere it is still being done. >> good to see you again. >> good to see you too. seems like we don't work together enough. >> the summer is wrapping up. >> it is. it is sad i'm wearing the white bye-bye summer. >> last chance. >> i think that is the way it goes. i don't know if it is still adhered to, but i heard it again recently. so i wore the white today bye-bye summer so many rule. >> if you wheyou wear it again will jump all over you. we are going to try to break some of the rules today. we have our legal guys who are going with be it us. there is a so-called kill list. cia has a kill list and man says his son was on it and he is launching a federal lawsuit. and on facebook, a suit involves the privacy that is either protected or perhaps not by facebook especially as it pertains to young kids. so our legal guys are going to delve into that. paris hilton got herself tointo little trouble. >> okay well our guy rz going to talk about what is next
the stage, navratilova tells fredricka whitfield while she went public. >> my life has been an open book. i guard my private life. as i get older i'm keeping the circle tighter, but i felt that i owed it to the women of my age to really be honest and, again, be true to myself. if i can make a difference, i just felt obligated to do that. i couldn't walk away from it. i didn't know how much impact it was going to have. initially nobody wanted to talk to me. i won't name publications but they were like, oh, it's not that big a deal. yeah, right. it's not happening to you. it's not because of me. it's because of the women that it is a big deal. you know the numbers have been going down. i remember 20 years ago it was one out of 12 woman would have breast cancer. now it's one out of seven. the odds are going down because of the stuff in the air, what we are eating, drinking, the stresses of everyday life. if we are not affected by it, we will know someone who is. >> for the daughters, mothers, sisters, friends you know, see this tonight at 7:30. a cnn special documentary. "martina: my toughest
into one. more innovation. more great values. craftsman. >>> fredricka whitfield is monitoring other top stories in "the situation room." >> hello, everyone. u.s. military officials say pakistan has closed one nato supply route into afghanistan following the killing of three pakistani soldiers. pakistan says the troops were killed when three nato helicopters crossed from afghanistan into its air space and attacked a military post. nato says its forces thought they were firing on insurgents. the u.s. embassy is talking with pakistan to resolve the situation. >>> a mall glimmer of hope for the ailing economy. the commerce department reports that the country's gross domestic product which measures economic activity grew at an annual rate of 1.7% during the second quarter. that's slightly better than economist expected at a report shows consumer and business spending being up but analysts caution that the pace of growth is still quite slow. former alaska governor sarah palin is teaming up with gop chairman michael steele to help raise money for the party. the 2008 vice presidential candidate
and i knew that from the start. it was an honor. booming is moving forward by giving back. >>> fredricka whitfield monit monitoring some of the stories in "the situation room" right now. >>> four victims in a kentucky charcoal plant explosion have been badly burned. it's a freak accident. he believes high winds kicked up some debris sparking a flash fire. all employees are accounted for. the victims are being treated in area hospitals. >>> investigators are not ruling out suicide in the death of a nicarag nicaragua n diplomat with a slashed road. he suffered a hesitation wound to the neck which could have been self-inflicted. he had 12 stab wounds to the stomach. no evidence of forced robbery or entry. family and friends are being interviewed. >>> the president of the vatican's bank says he's humiliated of a rare money laundering probe of the institution. they received $1 million of questionable transfers from the bank this week. the president calls it a misunderstanding and realizes the need to be sure the bank is complying with internationally agreed standards. >>> and eddie fisher, th
... prevent damage... (voice 2) got 'em. (voice 3) great exercise guys. let's run it again. >>> fredricka whitfield is monitoring the other top stories coming into "the situation room." what are you working on, fred? >> well, republican hopeful sharron angle is in hot water. the nevada top political journalist is swlaming the tea party favorite for backing out of a debate with her opponent harry reid next month. the journalist says that within hours of reid accepting the invitation to appear, angle's campaign called to say it was backing out. >>> the new ceo of general motors won't be hurting for money, even though the federal government's bailout watchdog had to sign off on the pay. we are learning that daniel akerson scored a $9 billion compensation including $1.7 cash each year and gm is still under the government's thumb when it comes to executive pay after it was rebuilt from the 2009 bankruptcy. >>> in missouri a prison break in reverse. investigators say that two men were caught trying to sneak back into jail after breaking out through a ceiling panel. they allegedly went on a joyr
store for free information today. call the number on your screen for free information. >>> i'm fredricka whitfield. here's auto look at our top stories right now. the broken blowout preventer which led to the golf oil disaster has been brought to the surface bp investigators hope it reveals clues about what happened. you are seeing it right there. a new blowout preventer was installed on the plugged well yesterday. the company could finish drilling the relief well by mid month. a new poll released this labor day weekend shows the vast majority of americans think the economy is in poor shape. who's to blame in the cnn opinion research poll shows that 44% say it's the republicans fault. 35% say democrats are the problem. 16% say they are both to blame. >>> those are the headlines. join me for a nufull newscast i the "newsroom" at the top of the hour. one word turns innovative design into revolutionary performance. one word makes the difference between defining the mission and accomplishing the mission. one word makes the difference in defending our nation and the cause of freedom. how... i
graham. both republicans and democrats, fredricka, are trying that make their case and make clear who they want voters to think is to blame for the tough economic times the country continues to face. you can be sure we're going to be hearing this in the coming weeks. >> kate bolduan, beginning with this wednesday when the president does reveal that plan. thanks so much. in washington, appreciate that. >>> meantime, there are only 58 days left before the big midterm elections. paul steinhauser is on the road with the election express bus. so you're in pittsburgh. people are talking, of course, about the economy all throughout pennsylvania and the rest of the country talking about the economy. is there going to be a real parallel between what the president says or promises and how that might impact november 2nd? >> reporter: you are absolutely right, fred. you and kate were just talking about it. there's a lot of policy in what the president will say on wednesday when he lays out his plans but there's also a lot of politics at play. look where he's going to give that speech, next door f
.® you need a partner who gives you more time. fedex. >>> hello. i'm fredricka whitfield in atlanta. a look at our top stories right now. we'll soon be hearing from sarah shourd, the american hiker recently freed from iran after more than a year of detention. she arrived in the united states today from overseas and has scheduled a news conference in new york for 3:00 p.m. eastern time. >>> and bp's ruptured oil well in the gulf is now officially dead. the government's point man on the disaster, thad allen, made that declaration today after a pressure test confirmed the well with was successfully sealed with cement. president obama says the government will still make sure the region fully recovers from that disaster. >>> and pope benedict xvi is wrapping up his four-day visit to the united kingdom. at today's mass in birmingham, england, he praised britain for standing up to the nazis in world war ii. >>> more news at the top of the hour. ♪ make you re-examine your approach. change your line. innovate. and create one of the world's fastest-reacting suspensions, reading the road 1,0
in "getting to happy." and our fredricka whitfield asked the author, if something happened in they are life, or the lives of these characters to prompt her to write a sequel. here's a preview of that interview. >> i had no intention of writing a sequel to "waiting to exhale." but after my divorce, i was really bitter and angry. you know, when you have been deceived, when you have been lied to, and someone that you trust, i don't care who they are, when it happens, you don't care. you just are angry. and it was wearing me out and i didn't like the person that i had become. >> reporter: it's interesting, because you -- you talk about you were -- you were in a place. you were upset. your husband wasn't what you thought he was. >> no. >> reporter: why is it you made a decision, i'm going to do a continuation of these women's lives as opposed to write specifically about what happened to me? >> i started meeting a lot of other women who, in my age group, mid 40s to late 50s, who were just sad. some of whom had never been married, some never had children. some suffered from the empty nest syndrome
coming up in a few moments. let's check in with fredricka whitfield meanwhile because she is monitoring the developments in "the situation room." fredricka, busy day? >> yes. police say that the man who took three people hostages at the discovery channel in washington was armed with two starter pistols. police shot and killed james lee after they say he aimed a gun at one of the hostages. lee's guns are the types used to start track races, and they say that his pistols are not subject to the regular restrictions of a firearm. >>> and with hillary clinton leading the way, israeli and palestinian leaders agreed to step up efforts to set up a peace treaty. they agreed to meet in two weeks to continue discussions. >>> americans are using more prescription drugs than ever before. new data for the centers for disease and prevention say that all americans take at least one prescription drug. surveys show that the most commonly used prescription drugs for children are ritalin, and antidepressants for adults, and cholesterol lowering drugs for adults over 60. >>> and more trouble for rapper t.i.
to securehorizons today to get the answers you need. call now. >>> fredricka whitfield is monitoring the other top stories in "the situation room" right now. hi, fred. what is going on? >> hello the you, wolf, and everyone. the auto industry is reporting a heavy hit in august sales. general motors and ford and toyota are all reporting disappointing figures. toyota sales plunged by 34%, and gm by 25% and ford 11% from a year ago. forecasters predict this is the worst august since 1983 for car sales industry-wise. and vice president joe biden and defense secretary gates presided over the official ceremony today marking the end of the u.s. combat mission in iraq. >> in the pre-dawn hours of march 20th, 1993, columns of coalition forces set off across the desert and the marshlands from kuwait en route to baghdad. last week after 7 1/2 years that tested our mettle like no other conflict in recent american history, the last of our combat units followed that same dusty highway out of iraq on their way home. >> announcing the start of operation "new dawn" biden made it clear while the combat
to happy, terry mcmillan pins the chapter. fredricka whitfield sat down with the author. >> people have been waiting to know if there was going to be a sequel and here we are. "getting the happy." what happened in these women's lives that you felt it was time to see what's happened 15 years after? >> well, it wasn't what happened to them. it was due to what happened to me. i had no intention of writing a sequel. after my divorce, i was bitter and angry and i met a lot of other women in m my age group w were just sad. so, trying to explore what it might take for us to get back to happy, so to speak. i came up with four different scenarios a lot of women have to deal with. i realized i had told a story with four female protagonists, then i realized those women were the perfect candidates for this story. ♪ >> i'll be 21 on my next birthday, so that makes me 20. and you are? >> 40. >> when people read stella, they thought that was their experience. >> it's interesting that you talk about you were in a place. you were upset. your husband wasn't what you thought he was. why is it you made a
, >>> fredricka whitfield is monitoring the other top stories in "the situation room" right now. hi, fred. what is going on? >> hello, wolf. well, two people are dead and one wounded in what police are calling a murder-suicide at the johns hopkins medical center in baltimore this afternoon. according to reports the gunman is identified as 50-year-old paul warren hartis killed his mother and wounded the doctor before turning the gun on himself. police originally erroneously identified the gunman as warren davis. >> mr. davis was receiving some news about the care and the condition of his mother. just outside of the doorway to that room, when he became emotionally distraught, and react ed to the news of his mother's condition. during the course of the conversation with the doctor, mr. davis removed a small semi automatic handgun from his waist area, waistband area and shot the doctor in the lower chest, upper abdomen. >> the doctor did survive. >> and new york mayor wants to make one of the harshest smoke bans ever imposed. mayor bloomberg wants to propose a ban on smoking out doors. it would be
with our own fredricka whitfield. >> give me an idea what that period was like between diagnosis and lumpectomy. >> i went ahead like three weeks in between the diagnosis. i went to see the doctor the next day. i was supposed to play in this exhibition in palm springs, a tournament to raise money for haiti. and my first thought was, i can't play tennis in front of 12,000 people. i need to just sort of settle down and take care of myself. and i thought, wait a minute, tennis is what always gets me through everything. so i decided to play. i got ready and three days after that hit for haiti where i played with steffy graph and justine henin, i played a few days later with lindsey davenport in minneapolis. when i had the radiation, i went and played at the french open. worked for tennis channel, played at the french open and wimbledon. and tennis sort of got me through all those tough times. i'm very fortunate i had that in my life. and, of course, positive attitude always helps get you through stuff. so i had both. it was difficult, no doubt about it. and it was really difficult on
under $17,000. get used to more. >>> fredricka whitfield is monitoring the other top stories coming into "the situation room" right now. hi, fred, what do you have? >> hello, suzanne and hello, everyone. an iranian official says that a person held in the country for more than a year will be released saturday. shurd and two other cam pan yons strayed across over into the iraq region, and iraq says that i are spies, but their families say they are tourists who made a mistake. >>> and the federal court has ruled that stem cell research can go ahead temporarily. the ruling overturns a lower court ruling that halts the reser. but today, the three-panel judge said that the stay is intended for more time to consider the case and not a ruling onp the case, itself. >>> a new book from steven hawking is stirring controversy. in the book, hawking deals with various religious, and scientific theories developed throughout the origin of the universe and asserts that creation can be explained by science. larry king interviewed hawking today. >> larry: do you believe in god? >> god may exist, but s
. >>> fredricka whitfield is monitoring the other top stories in "the situation room" right now. fred, what else is going on? >> well, lots. the government is tightening restrictions on who can take the controversial diabetes drug avandia, and the fda says it is restricting access to patients who cannot control their type ii diabetes with other medications. an fda panel has found that avandia carries an increased risk of heart problems and today the european equivalent of the fda says it wants avandia pulled from the market there completely. >>> we are also learning about a near collision between two planes over minneapolis. the national transportation safety board says that a us airways plane and a small cargo plane came within 100 feet of each other moments after both took off on parallel runways just last week. the only thing that may have prevented a disaster was an automatic warning system that told the us airways pilot to climb. . >> and bet you didn't know that today is mad as hell day, and it is a day that consumer groups and travel agents have banded together to oppose hidden airline fe
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